Put Out A Paw! Some Top-Rated Pet Charities for 2013


With the hectic holiday season behind us, now is a good time to step back and remember that it’s important not to only give to people in need. There are many of our four-legged friends out there who are in need of our love, our companionship and, most importantly, our support if they are to survive this long winter. This is a difficult time of year for many shelters, and as those shelters look to various animal charities for help, those charities are looking to us for support. But where do you send those all-important dollars if you want them to go the furthest and do the most good?

We’ve complied a Top Three of highly-rated national charities where you can give with confidence. Each of the above charities accepts donations directly with a large percentage of every dollar going directly to an animal in need. They love animals and work tirelessly to find them homes and provide them with food, shelter and expert medical care.

The Humane Society of the United States

      This is one of the biggest, most influential animal charities in the United States. It has the distinction of not only being a national AND international animal advocacy organization , but for those who prefer to give to local charities, the Humane Society is partnered with shelters all over the country and provides much-needed veterinary services in rural areas for pets anf animals of all description.

For an exhaustive listing of the services they provide, please visit their web site at humanesociety.org.

 Guide Dogs of America

      If you are looking for a charity that serves both animals and people, we suggest looking into giving to GDA. This organization exists solely to provide guide dogs for the blind. They breed them, they raise them, they train them and they teach people how to work and live with them. They have a strict screening process to ensure that their dogs go to homes where they are needed and will be well cared-for and loved.

The North Shore Animal League

      Based in New York, the North Shore Animal league is the nations single largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption charity organization. For those who are passionately against the euthanizing of domestic pets, there is no more appropriate place to send your tax-deductible donation.

Even if you live on the other side of the country (or the world) you will not find an organization more committed to finding forever homes for the animals in their care. They provide shelter, rescue, adoption and health services for more than 20,000 animals each year.